Message from the Director
Enable. Equip. Empower.
“Who shall I send, and who will go for us?” God called. Isaiah responded, “here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8).
Bathed in the Glory of God, Isaiah was honoured to see angels airborne and hear the words describing our King in His holiness.
Isaiah, a prophet of God floating in the soup of a rebellious, disobedient and unbelieving society, was willing to go where God would send him and repeat what God needed him to say. However, before he was willing, God first had to cleanse him and prepare him for the work. This preparation was done by causing Isaiah to see God in all of his glory seated upon a throne in the centre of praise and adoration flowing from holy beings.
This is the main vision for PEACE. Our students will be brought into a closer relationship with Christ as we delve through the maze of Biblical scriptures enabling all to see Christ who leads us to a reality of walking with Him daily. We will equip our students with a rich array of tools to proclaim the everlasting Gospel wherever God leads them. By the end of our course, all will be empowered to know that whilst their will is welded to the will of God, they become unstoppable for God.
Like Isaiah, you shall be enabled, equipped and empowered to say, “here I am Lord, send me.”
At PEACE, we commit to providing quality and experienced teachers, evangelists and pastors from the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Our aim is to lead you to a clearer understanding of God’s calling for your life.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our PEACE programmes.
What does PEACE stand for?
The word PEACE is an acronym standing for Practical Evangelism and Adventist Christian Education.
Practical – Practical means learning, practising and using the skills that you are taught on the PEACE programme. The programme is delivered in such a way that alongside lectures there are practical demonstrations, and real experiences that enable students to gain a full understanding of what is being taught.
Evangelism – Evangelism is at the heart of what PEACE trains students for. The goal of PEACE is to teach the evangelism cycle and to train the students in winsomely reaching individuals in their local communities.
Adventist – Adventist stands for the context within which PEACE is framed, delivered and administered. PEACE is run by the North England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It was developed by the Conference and therefore reflects the core values of the Church.
Christian Education – Christian represents the overarching spiritual content of the PEACE programme. Christ is at the centre of all that we do. John 3:16 tells us, “for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
Mission statement and vision
PEACE will help you to have a deeper relationship with Christ and to awaken a desire in you to share the Gospel within your sphere of influence
The mission of PEACE is to create an impact, both short and long term, that will will benefit the Seventh-day Adventist church in it’s local and worldwide mission through practical training and evangelistic initiatives.
To provide a sustainable, integrated program that is relevant and sound, which seeks to influence a fundamental change in the current approach to evangelism, so that it is seen as a cycle rather than an event.
To impart an excellent standard of training that can be utilised by the students in their home field or wherever the Lord calls them to service, proclaiming the everlasting Gospel as embraced by the three angels’ messages (Revelation 14:6-12).
PEACE exists to enable you to discern your identity and commission in Christ as a disciple, to equip you to share the Gospel and to empower you to fulfil this responsibility effectively.
What are the aims of PEACE?
PEACE exists to enable you to discern your identity and commission in Christ, to equip you to share the Gospel and to empower you to fulfil this responsibility effectively.
In her book Evangelism p.109, Ellen G. White, wrote,
“One worker who has been trained and educated for the work, who is controlled by the Spirit of Christ, will accomplish far more than ten labourers who go out deficient in knowledge, and weak in the faith.”
PEACE is a Centre of Evangelism that is sponsored and run by the North England Conference, operating as a department within the Conference since its inception in 2010.
Evangelism is both a science and an art – at PEACE you will learn how to reach peoples’ minds and more importantly, their hearts.
At PEACE you will be trained and educated to work in harmony with other workers that together you can take this wonderful, beautiful message we have to the world around us.
History of PEACE
PEACE is an Evangelistic Training Centre that has been operated by the North England Conference since 2010.
In 2009 a small group of Pastors and leaders in the NEC came together under the leadership of the President at the time – Pastor Ian Sweeney, with a common vision and burden to start a training school. A planning committee was set up that comprised of Pastor Michael Simpson, Sister Beulah Plunkett, Pastor Adam Ramdin, Pastor Ian Sweeney, Pastor Alan Hush, Pastor Paul Haworth and Brother Rejoice Kampengele, and plans were drawn up for a four month training programme to meet the needs of those who wished to have evangelistic training in the NEC. A sponsorship agreement was set up with Amazing Facts whereby they provided support by way of teachers, material and finances for the first two years of PEACE.
After months of planning and consultation PEACE launched in 2010 and the first session ran from July to November. The first class had 20 graduates from over 5 countries, which was based in Birmingham and worked in conjunction with the Yardley SDA Church. The second year we added new programmes such as a 3-Week Night School that ran in Croydon and Leeds. In 2011 we were based in Birmingham again and worked in conjunction with the Kings Heath Church Plant and we had 21 graduates. In 2012 and 2013 we were based in Southport and worked with the local church there.
We had 20 students in 2012 and 13 in 2013. In 2014 and 2015 we were based in Manchester and worked with the Salford Central SDA Church. We had 24 and 9 students in each of those years. We worked alongside the Manchester Mission to the Cities programme during our time there. In 2016 we did not run the four month session but returned in 2017 with the programme running in Birmingham again at the Yardley SDA Church with 12 graduates. In total we have seen over 100 graduates and many of them have gone on to positions of leadership in both full time and lay ministry.
Throughout the years students have came from around the UK, primarily the NEC but also the SEC and Scottish Mission. We have also had students from Norway, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Holland, Italy, Belgium, USA, Trinidad, Australia, India and Bulgaria.
The leadership consists of individuals passionate about evangelism